We get a two-game NBA Playoffs slate to attack Monday night, and DraftKings continues to offer huge tournaments for DFS players. Below are some of my favorite targets at each position.
Trae Young, Atlanta Hawks vs. Philadelphia 76ers, $9,200 - Young has been one of the most consistent fantasy assets so far in the playoffs, scoring 48.8 DKFP per game and producing no less than 41.25 DKFP. Down 1-2 in this series, Game 4 in Atlanta on Monday is essentially a must-win for the Hawks, and Young is an excellent combination of safety and upside at $9.2K.
The Sixers are 3.5-point favorites on DraftKings Sportsbook for Game 4. When the spread has been under five points this season for the Hawks, Young has surpassed 50 DKFP 48% of the time.
Reggie Jackson, Los Angeles Clippers vs. Utah Jazz, $5,200 - After not being much of a factor in Game 1, Jackson has been outstanding for the Clippers, producing 32.25 DKFP per game. He has gained an encouraging 32.6 minutes per game in these last two. While Ty Lue’s playoff rotations have been unpredictable this postseason, it would be shocking if Jackson didn’t continue to see a big role going forward.
The Clippers desperately need his offense. With 30-35 minutes, Jackson should provide over five-times value in Game 4, and he is without question one of the strongest guard values available for this two-game slate.
Other Options: Jordan Clarkson ($6,100), Shake Milton ($3,200)
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Paul George, Los Angeles Clippers vs. Utah Jazz, $8,600 - The Clippers are looking to tie this series up before heading back to Utah for Game 5, and George should rarely leave the court on Monday night. He has logged over 40 minutes in three of the past five games, and is generating 48.5 DKFP per game at home during the postseason.
George shouldn’t cost less than $9K right now and is an awesome target for those looking to pay up at shooting guard.
Other Options: Donovan Mitchell ($9,000 - if Mike Conley is out)
Kevin Huerter, Atlanta Hawks vs. Philadelphia 76ers, $4,800 - After picking up three early fouls in Game 3, Huerter struggled to get going and only posted five DKFP in 23 minutes. But in the first two tilts of this series, Huerter was great off the bench, chipping in with 29.6 DKFP on 32.5 minutes per game.
He may not start, but Huerter receives a starter-like workload with De’Andre Hunter (knee) sidelined. Barring the very unlikely event of early foul trouble again, Huerter should bounce back with 25-30 DKFP in Game 4.
Other Options: Bogdan Bogdanovic ($6,400), Seth Curry ($5,100)
Kawhi Leonard, Los Angeles Clippers vs. Utah Jazz, $10,000 - This one is pretty simple. Leonard is at home and the Clippers need to win Monday to avoid an elimination game Wednesday in Utah. After dropping the first two of this series to the Jazz, Leonard rose to the occasion and led the Clippers with 63.5 DKFP in the Game 3 win Saturday.
For the playoffs, he is averaging 56.6 DKFP per game at home and the Klaw is the top overall option on the slate Monday.
Furkan Korkmaz, Philadelphia 76ers at Atlanta Hawks, $3,500 - Danny Green strained his calf Friday night and is expected to miss to two to three weeks. This injury occurred four minutes into Game 3. After Green exited, Korkmaz saw an expanded role, finishing with 21 DKFP across 27 minutes. The 23-year-old was the player who started the second half in place of Green.
Korkmaz also started for Green in the three contests the veteran missed during the regular season. He contributed a solid 23.3 DKFP per game in those starts, and Korkmaz is a valuable punt play for this short slate, assuming he gets the starting nod.
Other Options: Joe Ingles ($5,000 - if Conley is out), Marcus Morris Sr. ($4,300)
Tobias Harris, Philadelphia 76ers at Atlanta Hawks, $8,100 - Harris has been steady during the playoffs, averaging 44.6 DKFP per game, and he is safe bet for 40 DKFP in Game 4. He sees a 1.4 percentage-point boost to his usage with Green off the floor and the over/under for this matchup is at 225.5 points on DraftKings Sportsbook.
When the game total has been set at 225 points or greater this season, and Harris has responded with 41.7 DKFP per game.
Nicholas Batum, Los Angeles Clippers vs. Utah Jazz, $4,500 - After moving to the bench in Game 2, Batum rejoined the Clippers’ starting five for Game 3 and made a huge impact, posting 32.25 DKFP over 35 minutes. Only Leonard and George played more minutes than Batum in the win. While Lue’s rotations have been tough to predict during this postseason, the reward outweighs the risk with Batum this cheap.
The 32-year-old has started six times this postseason and has provided 26.3 DKFP per game in those instances.
Other Options: Royce O’Neale ($4,900), Danilo Gallinari ($4,600)
Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 76ers at Atlanta Hawks, $10,500 - Embiid (questionable; knee) has been dominate in this series vs. the Hawks, collecting 62.4 DKFP per game with a 36.8% usage rate. With Green now injured, Embiid’s already godly role could expand even further. In all the time he has been on the floor sans Green this season, Embiid’s usage has jumped a team-high 3.3 percentage points, resulting in a whopping 1.8 DKFP per minute.
Clint Capela ($7,100) is a great post defender, but he has no answers for Embiid. The Philly center should have no issues approaching 60 DKFP Monday.
Other Options: Rudy Gobert ($7,400)
Dwight Howard, Philadelphia 76ers at Atlanta Hawks, $3,600 - Howard’s floor isn’t safe, but he is a decent dart to throw in GPPs at only $3.6K. He chipped in with 19.5 DKFP off the bench Friday night, and Howard scored 22.4 DKFP per game in the three Green missed during the regular season.
Twenty DKFP isn’t out of the realm possibilities for Howard, and he is guaranteed to come with low ownership in GPPs.
Other Options: John Collins ($5,900), Ivica Zubac ($3,700)
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